How can the school counselor help?
In the Counselor’s Office we can:
- Talk about and explore student concerns (personal, social, academic).
- Calm down and plan ways to solve a problem.
- Work in groups with other students.
- Make future plans.
How can students request to talk to the counselor?
Students can request to talk to the school counselor by filling out a self-referral form, asking me directly, talking to their parents or teacher.
Do you get parent permission to talk to students?
If I meet with a student just once or twice, I usually inform the parent only if there is an issue that the parent needs to be informed of, involved in, or if a referral needs to be made. If I am going to meet with a student on a regular basis (more than 3-4 times), I will call to get parent permission to work with the student.
I also ask for permission to include any child in a group.
Do you tell parents what students talk to you about?
An important part of the counselor/student relationship is trust. One of the ways counselors build trust with students is through confidentiality. I share with students that I will always try to keep information shared confidential, but there are times when I need to share the information with other adults. These situations include if someone is hurting the student or if the student is going to hurt themselves or someone else, if they tell me someone else is being hurt, or if we decide it is important to share the information with another adult.